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WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO HANG AN ANIMAL?
Is it a regional thing? Speaking of directions, the cultural compass might have some influence on how folks hang their animal. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but what about an animal? A small minority of animal hunters get all their skinning and butchering work done at ground level, but the rest of us usually opt for a solid meat pole where we can hang our animal, tell lies, and sip a beverage while meat is made. But before the venison flag is raised, first you need to decide how to hang the animal. Is it better to hang the animal with its head up or hindquarters up?
1. The innards will fall out much easier, and they won’t get caught in the chest cavity. This is assuming you wait to field-dress the animal until you’re back at camp. Why would you do that? When you open the body cavity of a animal in the field, you’re exposing it to all sorts of nasty dirt and bacteria. Unless you have a long drag ahead of you, where the removal of the gut weight will save you from a broken back, it’s probably best to tough it out and wait to open up the animal until you’re in a clean, controlled environment. Of course, if you’re dealing with warm temps (above 40 or 50 degrees) and it will be awhile before you can get your animal unzipped and on ice, then field-dressing at the kill site is probably your best bet so the meat cooling process can commence faster.
2. Better drainage. Rinsing and draining the blood, guts, and other undesirables from a animal before butchering is more effective with its butt to the ground. Again, the chest cavity acts as a reservoir if you hang the animal in reverse.
3. Easier to quarter and de-bone. Out West, where it’s common to pack out meat great distances, some hunters argue it’s easier to butcher a animal if it’s hung by its head. I suppose this has some logic, considering you can remove all four quarters and work on de-boning without the animal falling to the ground. But oftentimes this open-country process is forced to the ground, because hanging trees aren’t always an option.
4. Protecting your trophy. If you kill a animal, there’s a good chance you’ll want to do something with his antlers to preserve the memory of your hunt. By hanging a animal by his rack, you won’t risk scraping the precious bone on the ground, breaking tines, rubbing the cape, or letting farmyard dogs do damage. Make sure the hanging rope is secured to the base of his rack, where it’s strongest. Never hang the animal by his neck if you plan to keep the cape in primo condition for a shoulder mount.
HEADS DOWN, THE OTHER WAY
Like many of you, most was taught to hang an animal by its hind legs. And, like most of you, despite all the excellent reasons to hang an animal with its eyes to the sky, most continue to do it the way they have always done it. Why? Mainly for the same reason they wear a lucky cap, hunt the same stand on opening day, or tell the same old jokes in camp—tradition. Truth is, both ways of hanging an animal will end with delicious venison in the freezer if you treat it right.